Spain’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, Telefonica Moviles Espana (Movistar), has announced that business and SME subscribers in the cities of Barcelona and Madrid will be able to access increased downlink and uplink mobile broadband speeds as a result of the introduction of HSPA+ technology to its network. Having begun HSPA+ deployment in the two cities in April 2009, Movistar will boost download speeds to up to 21Mbps and upload speeds to up to 5.7Mbps, launching a range of new tariffs specifically designed for the faster service. December 2009 will see the cellco open access to the faster speeds to residential users. Movistar’s Flat Rate Internet Plus will cost EUR39 (USD58.4) per month for a 5GB monthly data usage limit, while its Flat Rate Internet Maxi will cost EUR49 per month, but offer unlimited downloads.
The cellco is also planning to expand the number of areas where it offers commercial HSPA+ services, and it has said that it will now start to target Spain’s other ‘major’ cities in 2010, with a view to covering around 250,000 more people.
In addition, Movistar also announced that it has enabled 50% of its 2G GSM network with EDGE technology, in a bid to improve speeds for those that live outside 3G coverage areas.